Building Process in Nepal
Published Year: 2008
Published by: Nepal Foundation
for Advanced Studies (NEFAS) & Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Editors: Ananda P Srestha
& Hari Uprety
Price: Not mentioned,
The failure of the parties to govern
and match rhetoric wth action threats the election as
does the Maoist's saber-rattling..(calling on political
leaders to ) put the Nepali people and their country first,
by showing that they believe in effective accountable
government ... (calling the current situation) a hstoric
opportunity to change the course..(Nepal's previous experiment
with multi-party democracy during the 1990s was disappointing).
The leaders of the country's political parties distinguish
themselves by amassing personal fortunes and doing little
for the people.'
Prof. Shushil R Pandey has rightly quoted
US Senator Patric Leahy in his article on Peace Process
in Nepal: Assumptions and Speculations. This is the
reality that the democratic forces that played a key role
in restoring democracy in 1990 could not serve the interest
of people. Rather it wodened the gap between rich and
poor thereby catapulting frustration of larger section
of people in the society.
A breakaway faction of the Communist
Party of Nepal - Maoist began armed revolution to capitalize
that frustration. The 12-year long armed revolution ultimately
ended up in Janandolan II in 2006. However, the cost of
conflict was immeasurable.
Lots of changes have taken place in
the country's political sphere heightening the level of
uncertainty. The major actors of national politics, seem
to have gone in oblivion in implementing the 12-point
agreement between the political parties. The level of
people's frustration is rising along with the sea of anomalies
seen in the political and social sphere.
The 239 years monarchy has been abolished
peacefully with the transformation of the country into
a republic. But nobody knows what the future of the country
would be like. The book entitled Peace Building Process
in Nepal published by the NEFAS is the manifestation
of the country's peace process that simply highlights
various dimensions of national politics and the issues
relating to the peace building in Nepal.
The book contains the seminar papers
of exports and researchers in various fields. The first
chapter that highlights a detailed paraphernalia of peace
process truly reflects the events taking place in the
country. Sushil Pandey's paper is very comprehensive and
analytical to understand the current of the peace process
Prof. Sushil's observation in many respects
is based on reality. Even though these seminar papers
were written almost 8/9 months before, his views expressed
in the paper speak the reality of the present situation.
Bharat Pokhrel's paper on Peace-building
in Past Conflict Societies is just a theoretical aspects
of the conflict. Similarly, Jan Sharma observation on
peace process from the point of view of media expert is
comprehensive, but covers certain aspects alone.
However, S. B Pun's presentation on
"How Inclusive Nepal's Institutions? provides a detailed
picture on various political institutions. It really provides
key information about those institutions that remained
in existence at various length of time.
In nutshell the book is very interesting
and informative. The contributors, editors and the publisher
should be appreciated for bringing out such a useful piece
Supplement, The Rising Nepal (20 June 2008)